2018: Fourth Quarter Books

Scroll to the very end for my 2018 book count and the top four!

October

The Wounds of God (Wilcock)
I love these stories. I wrestle with their theology a lot, but Wilcock’s word choice is so vivid, her characters so real, her descriptions so engaging, and when theologically sound, her thoughts are profound.

Life Together (Bonhoeffer)
I’ve also been reading “The Cost of Discipleship” by Bonhoeffer, and there is some overlap of thoughts. The biggest takeaway from Life Together was “Christian brotherhood is not an ideal, but a divine reality created by God in which we may participate” – and so we’re not allowed to imagine or choose what we want it to be. It was also helpful to come at some of the themes from Cost of Discipleship in from another angle, like Christ mediating all relationships.

The Day the World Came to Town (DeFede)
I heard about this from my sister telling me about the Broadway musical based on the book. It’s about a handful of towns in Newfoundland that took in diverted planes after American airspace closed on 9/11. I would highly recommend it to anyone, but it was especially moving to read as someone who didn’t understand 9/11 at the time, as a way to feel what people were feeling and understand how it affected the whole world, but without being overwhelmed by the sorrow of an account of someone closer to the towers. I laughed a lot, but I also slowed down frequently to ponder and cry.

The Emotionally Healthy Church (Scazzero)
This was assigned for class, but I wish I had read it two years ago! I nodded a lot reading it, knowing that before PPD with E it would have been revolutionary, but I had learned a lot of his principles of emotional (and with it spiritual) maturity by personal experience. And perhaps, in a more biblical way. I agree with most of what he has to say but wish he came at it from starting with the Bible. It was more solid and succinct than “Changes That Heal,” though, and I would actually recommend it to someone alongside of discipleship.
His main argument is that you can’t be spiritually healthy if you’re not emotional healthy, and then lays out six principles of emotional health: look beneath the surface, break the power of the past, live in brokenness and vulnerability, receive the gift of limits, embrace grieving and loss, and make incarnation your model for loving well.

Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult (Handy)
I really enjoyed the first chapter of this, on Goodnight Moon. The whole idea of the book is lovely, to look at children’s literature and how it speaks to us on a deeper level than just nostalgia when we encounter it as an adult and can read its subtleties. But the rest of the book went downhill, mostly due to the author’s hostility towards Christianity. He explains more of that in the chapter on Narnia (which was very odd, since he seems to understand Lewis well from Lewis’s own writing), but the tone was there throughout the book and despite being about children’s literature he also included some more mature comments and themes that I did not appreciate.
I did appreciate that he had his own opinion on classics and popular books, especially there are many popular classics or “must reads” (especially in children’s literature) that I cannot stand.

November
How To Write a Sentence (Fish)
I had read this before but wanted to re-read it. It gave me some helpful things to think about in crafting sentences and what to think about beyond content. The book on writing I read earlier in the year helped me think more about being concise and personable, but this one helped more with the art and structure of sentences. As always, though, reading is easy but applying is not!

The Cost of Discipleship (Bonhoeffer)
My first impression of this book was LONG and DENSE. It was not an easy read, not just because of content. It was listed as suggested reading for one of my classes, so I decided to get through as much of it as I could in the semester and then be done no matter how far I got. But I did end up finishing it, because I found it greatly influential in forming in my mind what it means to be a disciple, what it looks like to follow Christ in our daily choices. Bonhoeffer’s theology is not entirely orthodox, but most of his book on discipleship is fine, and the discussion of Christ coming between the Christian and everything else was helpful for me. I saved my favorite quotes, so if you want to read them, let me know. I would recommend the book, but only to someone who is willing to take months, maybe even a whole year, to read it!

Half the Church (Carolyn Custis James)
This was for class, and I don’t know if any book has ever made me feel such a spectrum of agreement and frustration. Half the Church is about the Bible’s view of and roles for women, especially in how we deal with the abuses women and girls face all over the world and whether the Bible’s view of women is sufficient. Some of what she said was so so so good and inspiring and helpful in understanding how Jesus turned his culture’s treatment of women upside down and revealed the worth God has given to women. However, other parts of her exegesis were sloppy at best and she majorly misrepresented complementarianism – so I can’t really recommend it to anyone, not because she isn’t complementarian, but because she says complementarians believe some things that they definitely do not, and because there are things she says are “indisputable” about what the Bible says about women that are definitely disputable.

When God Weeps (Joni)
This is the best, most pastoral, warm, complete, God exalting book on suffering I have ever read. While you might give Lewis’s “The Problem of Pain” to an atheist who wants an intellectual debate, this is what I would give to a believer or unbeliever who is in pain or has been through suffering and is trying to make sense of it. Since Joni has suffered deeply, she isn’t content with trite answers (though it may seem like that at times, she always knows what the person in pain’s objections are and digs deeper). But at the same time, she acknowledges the mystery of God’s purposes, while delighting in His love and sovereignty.

Fire Road (Kim Phuc Phan Thi)
I read this alongside Joni’s book and it was amazing to see the spiritual journey of Kim Phuc mirroring the theology Joni was digging in to. It was not an easy read because of Kim Phuc’s suffering, but seeing God orchestrating the photo and media she hated to bring her to Christ, and her time in the morgue to save her life was incredible. Now she says her hope is to “put out fires” in the war for our souls, and seek Christ more than pain relief. One line I loved was when she talked about how worry is harm to self and neglect to your kids, but turning to prayer instead blesses ALL!

December
No reading for classes so I got to knock out a lot on my book list, and without podcasts I also listened to or finished a few audiobooks.

The Decline of African American Theology (Anyabwile)
This was so helpful to me in understanding the current debate over racial injustice. Some of the arguments made by both secular and churched alike have not sat well with me, and Anyabwile’s book helped me understand why, showing how much of modern African American theology (which has greatly influenced current culture) began to put experience as more important than the Bible. But it also revealed the sins committed by white Christians against black Christians, in rejecting them from seminaries, treating them as sub-human, and attempting to evangelize them for ulterior motives. I am so thankful for how God worked against those sins to bring change and give us much to learn from our African American brothers and sisters.

No Turning Back (Abouzeid)
Belz’s book “They Say We are Infidels” focuses on the Iraq side of ISIS and the various wars in Iraq from a Christian perspective. Abouzeid’s book focuses on the war in Syria, from the perspective of Islamist fighters, rebels, and children. It was graphic at times and difficult to read because of the atrocities committed and how the world has done so little to help, especially the empty threats made by the UN and America, and how attempts to help were given up on because it was “too hard.” It helped me barely begin to understand how complex the war is, and how the rise and fall of various rebel factions gave way to ISIS and the inability to do much against the regime.

Washed and Waiting (Hill)
Most of the traditional/conservative side of books on homosexuality come from the angle of people like Rosaria Butterfield, whose same sex attraction was changed. Hill’s book discusses what it is like to struggle with same sex attraction as a Christian. It isn’t a very thorough argument as to why he believes SSA is wrong, but you can find that many other places. He mostly focuses on a vision for celibacy for those struggling with SSA, and how it is different (but also the same) as the unmet desires all of us struggle with. I don’t agree with him 100%, but would recommend this book highly, especially to understand the hard, but glorious and Christ-exalting life our brothers and sisters struggling with SSA are going through.

Logic on Fire (Media Gratiae)
This came with our DVD of Logic on Fire, which is a documentary about Dr. David Martin Lloyd-Jones. There are a few comments from the producer, composer, etc. about the documentary, but the bulk of the book is four of Lloyd-Jones’s sermons. In many ways, the theme in all four of them is what it means and looks like to be a Christian, which Lloyd-Jones rightly argues is not external form, morality, or theology, but loving and knowing God.

Reading the Bible Supernaturally (Piper)
This was the free audio book of the month through Christian Audio in the spring. I like audiobooks, but don’t feel that I get as much out of them because I can’t take notes. However, that means I do get the bigger picture better, although Piper summarizes that big picture very well in his proposal: “Our ultimate goal in reading the Bible is that God’s infinite worth and beauty would be exalted in the everlasting, white-hot worship of the blood-bought bride of Christ from every people, language, tribe, and nation.”
He talks some about the practical side of reading and the kinds of questions to ask and other tools, but mostly he talks about why to read, how it’s supernatural, and how our Bible reading can result in “white-hot worship.”
Very good, very in depth, very theological.

Prone to Wander (Duigud, Houk)
A collection of prayers of repentance. Ezra’s cousin gave this to us for Christmas last year (and we gave a few copies for Christmas this year!). Each part opens with a scripture, generally to reveal a sin, and is followed by a prayer of confession that often involves the Father’s love and justice, Christ’s example and sacrifice, and the Spirit’s help. At the end of each prayer is an assurance of His forgiveness, using another passage of scripture, and has some hymns suggested to go with it. I used the book privately, but it also seems like a useful tool for corporate worship.

Helping Your Children Love Each Other (Milburn)
I found this on my mother in law’s bookshelf during a week of more than usual squabbling between the girls. It didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know, but was helpful encouragement, especially in a few areas I had felt something might be going on but wasn’t sure (like sibling over-exposure, or fighting to get attention). There are a few tips and tricks to kids that get along but mostly it’s hard work. 😉

Love Thy Body (Pearcey)
This book was SO good. It was terrifying at times to think about the future of our world if current trends in euthanasia, abortion, and gender issues continue, but she had helpful ways of thinking through them and understanding how at root they are all based in a false creation theology and viewing the mind and body as separate with feelings/mind higher than the physical body (an example of the fact/value or upper/lower story split). These two interviews summarize it well (one and two), as does this article, but I would recommend reading the whole book. It helped me understand the logic of arguments for abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc. by understanding the worldview they stem from and how they are the logical conclusion of that worldview. And she says it all with compassion, making it clear that her goal is not winning an argument but helping people care for their bodies and souls.

Homebody (Gaines)
I saw this in the store and then a few people mentioned they wanted to read it, so got it from the library. It wasn’t what I expected: mostly photos, with only a little on actual tips for decorating. It was more about thinking about what you want your home to feel like and communicate than what to do or not do. There were still a few practical tips, but mostly for troubleshooting when you are designing a room. I also didn’t feel like any of the examples would really feel like a home; they all looked like a hotel or rental house. I was hoping for ideas on working in more personal items like family photos and smaller pieces of art. I suppose it was also a bad time to read it since we just moved in. I did move a few things around, though, mostly to allow for more open space.

In His Image (Wilkin)
I was so excited to read this book but didn’t know when it would happen, but my friend had it so I read it while I was staying with them – mostly at 2 AM one night I couldn’t sleep. It’s the companion to “None Like Him” by Jen Wilkin. “None Like  Him” focused on the incommunicable attributes of God – the ones we don’t share with Him – and “In His Image” was about some we DO share with Him. It was very good, but the content was much more familiar so it wasn’t quite as formative as “None Like Him” was. There were also a few things that I thought were worded poorly, in a way that could be taken in a wrong way, but generally the following paragraphs clarified what she meant. Still highly recommended!

Jo’s Boys (Alcott)
I enjoyed this much more than Little Men, but I do still think there’s a reason Little Women is the most well-known of the series.

Heidi (Spyri)
I was interested in reading this to S, but then found out that the version I grew up with, while beautifully illustrated, was abridged. I decided I should read the unabridged version before I tried reading it to her, so I did. I enjoyed it, especially since my memories of Heidi were very faint, although pleasant. I’m not sure she’s ready for it quite yet but it is on my list to read to her at some point.

The Holy Sonnets (Donne)
While some of these were not theologically correct, they were all thought-provoking and beautifully crafted. My favorites: 6, 8, 10, 11,12,14,15.

Kids’ Books
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Hurry and the Monarch (O’Flatharta)
Miss Spider’s Tea Party (Kirk)
Judy Allen – though some mentions of millions of years
The Popcorn Book (dePaola)
Urso Brunov (Jacques)
Kim Lewis – Shepherd Boy, Just Like Floss
Miss Rumphius (Cooney)
The Little Snowplow (Koehler)
Nourishing Traditions’ kids’ cookbook
Pretend Soup (another kids’ cookbook)
The Golden Glow
Findus Disappears (Nordquist)
The World is Awake (Davis)
Mousquerade Ball
Waiting (Henkes)
In the Middle of Fall (Henkes)
Tea Party in the Woods (Miyakoshi)
Sun (Usher)
The Squirrels’ Busy Year (Jenkins)
Roxaboxen (Cooney)
Findus’s Birthday Cake (Nordquist)
The True Princess
Goha the Wise Fool
Lola Dutch
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving (Metaxas)
Cranberry Thanksgiving (Devlin)
Festus and Mercury: Ruckus in the Garden (Nordquist)
My Grandfather’s Coat (Aylesworth)
Dreams (Ezra Jack Keats)
Merry Christmas, Festus and Mercury (Nordquist)
Ella and Monkey at Sea
Lily: the Girl Who Could See
Katherine von Bora

For when they’re older:
Let My People Go (McKissack)
The Grand Mosque of Paris (Ruelle)
A Boy Called Dickens (Hopkinson)
David A. Adler’s biographies
Our 50 States (Cheney)
Shakespeare Stories (Garfield)

Total count for 2018: 86!
The three that were most influential were probably
– Women and God (Nielson)
– Delighting in the Trinity (Reeves)
– The Cost of Discipleship (Bonhoeffer)

Bonus: novel: The Wounds of God (Penelope Wilcock).

2018: Closing Out the Year

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A long walk after a crazy day helped us all feel better.

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pies for our church Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving morning at my grandparents’ house.

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The girls enjoyed the raccoons there.

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We walked to the grocery store only to find we had a flat tire. Thankfully Ezra was home that day and was able to come pick us up.

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My bread dough was too wet. So I turned it into foccacia!

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They line up their cars and call it a train.

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Our little tree

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Ezra made this for the front porch. Having him on break for half the month was very nice!

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Our Jesse Tree ornaments all hung up on Christmas.

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Ezra’s family’s traditional Christmas lunch of cheese and crackers – just a snapshot of a portion of the choices!

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The highlight of December was getting to go to Sarah’s wedding and spend lots of time with Hannah and her family. It could never have happened without Ezra and his parents caring for the girls or the generosity of friends hosting me!
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We may live a country apart but unintentional twinning still happens.

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Flying home through snowy Denver – flight was delayed but I finally made it home and we picked up my friend Anna who had been on the West Coast and made it down to see us for New Years’ Eve. We played a game and went to bed around 9:30.

memorization// reviewing!

favorite recipes// lemon poppy seed balls // paleo pumpkin muffins // sourdough english muffins // Autumn grain bowls (used parmesan) // sweet potato tacos with cranberry pomegranate salsa (next time would roast the sweet potatoes) // vegan gingerbread truffles // sourdough gingerbread cookies // vegan peppermint black bean brownies // sourdough pita // za’atar chickpea crackers // THE BEST roast chicken // cheese gougeres //

best of online//  two fantasy pieces for oboe // good news travels slowly // a podcast on fairy tales // these demons are pretty // Mary’s story // can I sing “Amazing Grace” if I was saved at six? // security in shifting seasons // King’s College Choir Announces Major Change // warning: Christmas is coming! (preparing your kids well for Christmas) // a beautiful poem // greatly encouraged by this episode of Risen Motherhood // the year in volcanic activity // good writing // Finnish the dishes //

reading of late// How To Write a Sentence (Fish) // The Cost of Discipleship (Bonhoeffer) // Half the Church (Carolyn Custis James) // Mark // When God Weeps (Joni) // Fire Road (Kim Phuc Phan Thi) // The Decline of African American Theology (Anyabwile) // No Turning Back (Abouzeid) // Washed and Waiting (Hill) // Logic on Fire (put out by Media Gratiae) // Reading the Bible Supernaturally (audio, Piper) // Prone to Wander (Duigud, Houk) // Helping Your Children Love Each Other (Milburn) // Love Thy Body (Pearcey) // Homebody (Gaines) // In His Image (Wilkin) // Heidi (Spyri) // Jo’s Boys (Alcott) //

Piper, Contending For Our All, pg 74, “As each of us sees Christ and delights in Christ with the delight of the Father, mediated by the Spirit, we will overflow with visible actions of love and creativity on the new earth.”

thinking about// aspire not to greatness but servanthood // active listening // training S: “You want ____, but God wants ____. Yield your want/will to His – ‘I WILL do it His way.'” // despairing at current events, yet this is the world He came to save, restore, redeem… and someday, judge // Jeremiah 31:15 – the slaughter of the innocents a precursor to His remembering His people and returning to them // I had no sugar during Advent. I had felt that that was something I needed to do, but really did not want to because of gingerbread and events where it would be there and I would want it. But I think I enjoyed Advent MORE because of not having sugar – I didn’t have to be constantly fighting the desire to eat more cookies or have “just one more bite” (again), so I was able to be more present. The same with being off of social media. I’m not sure yet what the future of sugar and social media look like in my life, but the month without them was wonderful.A great article on digital detox // MUSIC building community // the joy of giving and receiving gifts that delight the recipient, especially when the gift was unasked for yet perfect – Ottolenghi “Simple,” a princess play pavilion, mini salt lamp.

what brings joy// coming home // warm winter days // restful Christmas season // time with dearest friends // music in community //

The Munchkins// S is completely done with diapers, even at night! It was a long year of potty training… and still not perfect, but even in the first days without diapers, she had no major accidents. I think potty training is the hardest thing we’ve done so far.

2019: Looking Ahead

(apologies to anyone who has seen this already – I forgot to change the year when I scheduled it!)

I love planning, but I also love being surprised by what God brings in a year.
At the beginning of 2018, I didn’t know I would start classes in January instead of September, that we would go to Dubai in March, and that I would travel alone for 5 days to see friends for a wedding. I didn’t know things I would learn, write, and read. I didn’t know who among my family and friends would be born, get married, or pass away. I didn’t know how the girls would grow and change and the things they would say, do, and love. Almost all of those surprises in 2018 were pleasant, and after 2016 and 2017 being harder years I’m thankful for a year that was more restful.
No, I’m not as disciplined as I had hoped I would be at the end of the year when I chose that word for 2018, but I still grew a lot in that area, especially in pinpointing and working to change patterns of thought and desire.

2019 doesn’t look like it will be a “big” year. No moves. No trips planned. A lot of daily plod. That makes me extra excited about any surprises God has in store. But I still have a few hopes of my own for 2019. I want to share them because I love to look back and see how the year compared to what I thought it would be at the beginning!
I did pick two words to help me focus on areas of growth, selected a few hymns to memorize, chose books from my book list to start with, made a list of projects to work on, and thought of what to work on and read with the girls.

Words:
nourish.Will eating/doing this nourish my body and soul (and those of the people around me)?
wonder. Slowing down to wonder and worship, especially being in tune to the little things like beauty of His hand in nature.

Memorizing:
hymns: Jesus I am Resting, Resting; My Refuge Still; E’re Yet the Dawn.
scripture: I’m not sure yet, but something! I also really want to work on what I’ve memorized in the past so that I can recall it more easily.

Projects:

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a baby quilt for a friend
Family Trees
Classes
Being involved at moms group and with music at church, possibly tutoring English as well.

Books:
Finish “What Did You Expect” (Tripp) and “Contending for our All” (Piper) with Ezra.
Read: Hansi: The Girl Who Loved the Swastika, For the Love of God’s Word (Kostenberger), Spiritual Friendship (Hill), and at least page through Reviving the Black Church (Anyabwile) and The Problem of Slavery in Christian America (McDermott).

Girls:
chores – setting table, clearing table, folding laundry, knife and stove safety. Thinking of others first, attention/”immediate” obedience.
Poetry tea time.
Memorizing hymns, verses.
Lots of reading, outdoors time.

What does 2019 look like for you on this side of the year?

2018: Advent & Blogging Break

Last year in thinking about the difference between Advent and the 12 Days of Christmas, I realized that really Advent should be a time of longing, when we make it into a time of endless holiday parties. That coupled with a need to turn down the noise of social media (instagram, Facebook, blogs, podcasts) has led to me choosing to spend Advent off of all of those platforms completely (though I may need to grab a recipe from Pinterest at some point!) and taking my email app off of my phone.

Meanwhile, I will be studying some of the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, reading the Gentle Leading advent posts (so I won’t be entirely off of blogs, though I’ll read it through email), and doing the Jesse Tree with the girls.

If you’re looking for something to do for Advent, I’ve written a few Advent series in the past, and list a few other resources here. This Desiring God Advent reading is one of my favorites.

Love: The Measure of Time Management

How is your time management?
What do you aspire to when you read “make the best use of the time” in Ephesians 5:15?

My application of that command was one of diligence and industry. I wanted to use every moment of every day as productively as possible, micro-managing every hour, and checking off lengthy to-do lists. I wasted time on social media occasionally, but for the most part I was so busy that mindless leisure was not on the agenda. Even as a mom of two little girls, I was pleased with how much I could accomplish in a day. I could check the box for making the best use of my time.

Patience and kindness were more of a struggle. I was easily overwhelmed. I was short-tempered whenever I had to juggle breaking up fights, cooking dinner, and clearing clutter in order to get a meal on the table in a timely manner.

I knew it was a problem. But I saw the command to make the most of the time and the command to love others as independent of each other.

Then I read Ephesians. My sins of anger were convicted by commands to “Walk in in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (4:1-3)… Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you… (4:32) walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us…(5:2).”

Soon I came to the famous “making the most of your time” verse in its context:
“Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).

The “therefore” at the beginning of the passage refers back to the previous verses, which explain how Christ brought us into light so that we are no longer participants of darkness. It is because of Christ’s work that we need to be careful how we walk. One of the ways we do this is by making the most of our time. In order to make the most of our time, we must understand what the will of the Lord is.

But what is the will of the Lord? In this context, it is the preceding and following commands.
This means that to make the best use of my time, I need to be doing the will of the Lord, not the will of Kyleigh (or my understanding of what I think I should get done today to glorify Him).
That’s blogging, taking meals to sick friends, baking all our bread, cloth diapering, nature walks, and reading lots of books, right?

Not necessarily. What He wants from me, according to the rest of Ephesians, is that I walk in love, kindness, and truth.
My job is to build others up and preserve unity and peace. My goal should be to imitate Christ. This means giving up myself to submit to my husband and train my girls in the Lord instead of provoking them to anger. It sounds like replacing sharp words with edifying ones, bitterness with kindness, complaining with songs and thanksgiving. It looks like forgoing library storytime if we can’t get out of the house without stress and irritation. It may even mean dinner being late when I administer loving discipline instead of shouting commands from the kitchen.

I thought I was making the most of my time. But it’s increasingly clear that while I barreled through to-do lists, it was often at the cost of rolling over those around me and not investing in relationships.

The best use of my time is loving God and loving others. Giving up my plans to serve the people around me. Putting down my book to play with my kids. Getting nothing done in a day because I am serving my husband. These will often be a better fulfillment of Paul’s command than checking ten things off my to do list.
As Brian Hedges writes in Christ Formed in You, “Christlikeness is measured not by the breadth of your knowledge or the length of your prayers [we could add “or the productivity of your day”], but by the depth of your love for others.”

All of this, our “doing” – not check in the box to-do lists but loving others – is in the context of what God has already done for us. Because of our sins, we deserve the wrath of God. Among other offenses, our lack of loving others condemns us. We were dead. It is impossible for us to love others like we should. But then God, being rich in mercy because of His great love for us, made us alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5). He has given us forgiveness of our sins, through the riches of His grace, that He didn’t hold back, but has lavished on us (Ephesians 1:7-8). God is full of love and kindness for us because Christ took the punishment for our sins. We don’t hope to earn His favor by loving others. In Christ we already have it. But God’s kindness to us, Jesus’ sacrifice for us, and the Spirit’s strengthening of our inner persons inspire and empower us to walk in His will.

And so, because Christ has given Himself up for us, we can give ourselves up for those around us. We can make the most of our time not by micromanaging every minute for maximum efficiency, but laying aside our goals and will to pick up His.

Similar thoughts by Verity Fellowship here.

Quotables – November 2018

Since E is talking now, I can’t call this “words by S” anymore because E contributes now!
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“What kind of special surprise? Will it be ice cream from the ice cream truck?”

“Sequins” – seagulls

“I have a noseache” – sick with a cold

“When we run out of bandaids will we go to the store and get more?”
“Yes”
“And maybe we’ll see ones with Dora and get them? Because Dora’s my favorite movie.”

“You look very smart, even for a frog.” Applying Frog and Toad to Papa’s comment about her looking smart with my glasses on.

“I gave E my water because I love her and I have E’s water because I love myself.”

“Never go on a fat potty!”

“The problem with sauerkraut is that I don’t like it.”

Me: Is a car for driving on E’s forehead?
S: I wasn’t driving it on her forehead, I was driving it on her eye.

“And then a monster came and ate them all up.”
“That’s really sad.”
“It happens sometimes.

“E, that’s not a plie, that’s a squat.”

“Can you put my jumper on me so I can jump?”

“Mommy, this E doesn’t have enough stems!” (it was an F)

They were running around with a play knife and a stuffed mouse. E had the mouse and was screaming. S was singing Three Blind Mice.

“I like Day by Day.”
“What part do you like best?”
“Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment.”
“Do you know what that means?”
“No.”

Why didn’t God give me purple eyes?

I wish I could make my throat cough so I can have some honey.

I was digging for clams and I suddenly realized there were no clams.

“Kids make grown ups feel better. Are you saddish? Saddish means sad – Have a radish. That was a joke. I joked you.”

I’m a baby. That’s my best joke.

Describes a book to me, and then says “Oh, that one!” because she knows that’s what I’ll say when I figure out what she’s talking about.

“Why do bees stink us?”

“Last night while I was sleeping I got up and touched my princess dress two times.”

“Mommy, I’m going to exercise so I can hold you!”

“Why did Uncle Timothy wear funny clothes at the graduation? Why did nobody laugh?”

“I’m rolling down my pant sleeves.”

“Mommy, what’s that music from?”
“The truck.”
“Why’s it play music?”
“To make people happy.”
“Mommy, it’s an ice cream truck!”
“How do you know about ice cream trucks?!?”
“It has ice cream on the side!”
Surprisingly, she didn’t outright ask for ice cream!

“Uncle Nate will ask me to marry him and I’ll say yes. And then I’ll go to Dubai and get a crown from the store.”

“If you have one eyebrow, what’s it called?”
“A unibrow.”
“If you have one eyebrow it’s called a brownie.”

From E:
deedeeya = quesadilla

“Hi cheepcheep! I touch you cheep cheep! Come! Come!”

‘nake’= snake/earthworm

counker (counter), cairneck (clarinet), ca-yke (cake)

“Do you need a new diaper?”
“No, I ha dis one.”

Me: E, what’s all around you?
E: My dress is all around me.

“Do Re Mi, Do Re Mommy, Do Re Papa.”

S singing “please pass the papaya” – E: “It’s for yaya. I have pea-butteh.”

“I HAVE to do dishes.”